• Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    Its weird watching old movies where characters decide to do X and the scene fades to black and the next scene the X has been accomplished or nearing it. Trusting the audience to put together the pieces but not skipping on making sure we understand headspace of the characters is so critical yet so many films barely accomplish it.

    I want to get straight to the ending, which is eerily uplifting I guess? The novel supposedly has a doomed unflinching…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Léa Seydoux should have been the main baddie. Like daammmn, her scenes. Would have been the best damn MI film without a doubt (jk).

    Other than that Movie rules rules though. India section at the end is a bit naff compared to god-smackingly amazing previous two acts but still excellent. Brad Bird's direction is playful but tense and exciting. I think MI 3 is okay, but this movie really does re-invent the franchise and set it on the current course.…

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    ★★★½

    Not as god tier as I had assumed. I went nuts for this film when I first watched and I still adore most of it, but there is something missing here for me. It doesn't feel special I suppose. Kara is a fine bond girl; the actor has some iffy line reads but she works for the most part. Its a strange pairing with Dalton, who looms over her and seems kinda on the edge but also loosening his nerves…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★½

    Such pristine looking yet grounded thrill ride. A critic once called it as a Tom and Jerry episode with a thematic through line about chaos and how society reacts to such a thing and its...I think a fun read and easiest way to distill how such a story was written.

    Its as compelling as ever, even if not as coherent as I assumed. Its a full blown montage occasionally, just building and building to setpieces. To do a hard read…

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    What a revelation this was! Spectacular. Little too long but this story and the way it was told 100% necessitated it. And no this was not cold or emotionless. I was fully on board all the way through and found myself getting quite invested from frame one and in the journey and the interpersonal relationships.

    My first takeaway, which surely has been stated and restated and mulled over by film geeks and cinephiles, is how clearly and unapologetically this is…

  • The Protégé

    The Protégé

    Bafflingly middle of the road. oof this kinda hurt lol. Such a nothing movie. Martin Campbell's direction is adequate. Cool locales. Wide Shots of Vietnam looks fire. The Action mostly rules. If Campbell returns to Bond, even if the script sucks, his action scenes will be brutal and great. That much is a given.

    Speaking of script here, its needlessly convoluted. Lacking precision to who where what and the head space of characters. This year has really dawned on me…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    Cool first forty minutes. Pretty dire second half if I am being honest. There is no rhythm - the ghosts look goofy and while kinetically directed scenes are enjoyable - it just does not work. The mystery is laughably unengaging. it felt like a couple of skits put together in the blender with the most flimsy connective tissue.

    Michael Ajao who plays the character John....my goodness. He deserved better. There are much more nuanced takes out there, but there is…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    I am very conflicted. its such a meandering epic...and that's what it feels like. The pacing is agonizingly one note, leisurely moving through time and place. Felt so long, the details in the first half were slowly evaporating by the time I reached the second. Yet it all feels necessary.

    The famed bus scene is really where things gripped me and hooked me to the core. Executed like nothing else. Tense. Taut. Abrupt. It worked like gangbusters. Probably Villeneuve's best…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★½

    Not necessarily *great* great. The villain is flat and unengaging despite a terrific introduction. The last third is way too bloated. The shift from kids to adult superheroes is a bit strange, even though I love the choice here. The fight with the main baddie near the end is all over the place and isn't investing.

    But what does work is the rest of it. Very charming and fun. I grinned at many lines if not most, and the foster…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    Evaluating these films as anything more than action scenes strung together by seemingly obligatory scenes - no doubt witty and smart but maybe a little smug - would be a mistake on my part, especially when the action is so well choreographed and filmed.

    My biggest hurdle in becoming a Wick head is...the uniformity in ultra saturated visuals(especially the not-setpieces & some of the less inspired action scenes) and especially the soundtrack. The same motif drones on and on and I…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    Supremely satisfying and sumptuous to look at. Especially the set piece with mirrors and reflections create such mind blowing visuals. The action scenes across the board had me *swooning*. So kinetic and visceral and free flowing. Could watch them on loop forever.

    The rest of it though, had me zoning in and out. The story...eh. its okay I guess. the biggest problem is I have little idea where this franchise's heading. What is it picking up and what is it…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★½

    Chilling and completely effective. There is no way this piece of work should be my thing(hehe) but it is and works for me. The creature work is above and beyond what I had expected, and thankfully, I had glanced upon very few visuals from this film before this watch so it kept me on the edge the whole time.

    The ending really really is stellar and leans into ambiguity so hard I can't help but love it. Not much to…